Types of Fostering
In Worcestershire there are various ways in
which foster carers can give support to local children and their
families, all of which are greatly valued.
Some parents struggle to copy and may need to
look to their extended family to provide care for their child(ren).
When these children are considered vulnerable by Children's Social
Care then a solution to place children with grandparents, aunts and
uncles or other members of the family will be sought. This is known
as Kinship Care.
If a solution cannot be found within the
child's family then the child will become 'looked after' by the
local authority. Children and young people come into public care
for a variety of reasons, and most of them return home after a
relatively short period of time.
At the other extreme, if the child cannot return to
their birth family, and the decision is to look for an
adoptive home, this will be carefully planned. It is likely that
foster carers will look after the child and help them think about
what the future holds whilst a new, permanent family is found for
There are many situations which fall in
between those described above, and if you decide to progress
through the approval process in order to become a foster carer, you
will have plenty of opportunity to explore which type of fostering
would be right for you and your family.
Worcestershire County Council provides
fostering placements which best meet the needs of the individual
child, whether this is long-term or short-term. In addition the
service runs a specialist Positive
Moves scheme for more challenging children and young people who
require intensive, therapeutic placements.
Further information on the different types of
fostering can be found
here (External Website).
- Adoption UK
Adoption UK is a
national charity run by and for adopters, providing self-help
information, advice, support and training on all aspects of
adoption and adoptive parenting
- British Association for Adoption and
The Homepage for a British charity that supports
children who are adopted or fostered
- Children's Legal
Provide free independent legal advice to children, parents and
- Family Rights Group (FRG)
Provides advice to parents and family members whose children are
involved with or require social care services
- First4Adoption is the
dedicated information service for people interested in adopting a
child in England.
- Department of Health
of an organisation that resolves issues to do with health
- The Grandparents'
Supports grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren
on a full-time basis and those who have lost or are losing contact
- Grandparents Plus
Champions the role of grandparents and the wider family in
children's lives, especially when they take on the caring
The Homepage of a
charity who want to safeguard all children
- Family Lives
The Homepage of
a website that helps parents deal with family lives
- Somebody Else's
The Homepage full of information on
privately fostering children
- The Fostering Network
Homepage of the UK's leading charity for foster care
Advocacy organisation for
children living away from home or in need
- Young Minds
organisation that works to improve the emotional wellbeing and
mental health of children and young people and empowering their
parents and carers
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This page was last reviewed 19 June 2013 at 14:07.
The page is next due for review 16 December 2014.